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Microsoft accused of unfair practices

by Nikola Strahija on July 28th, 2005 Australian open source consultancy Cybersource has said it will file a formal complaint with the country's competition commission against Microsoft for engaging in unfair practices. They believe that those practices cost 200 million Australian dollars per year.

Accusing Microsoft of stifling competition in the marketplace, Cybersource will provide the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) with a whitepaper entitled "The cost of software monopoly: how Australian consumers lose", accompanied by a formal complaint. Cybersource claims that Microsoft's practices are costing end users A$200 million (£86.5 million) a year.

Cybersource managing director Con Zymaris said users are suffering from a lack of competition in the desktop market and Microsoft is blocking the progress of viable alternatives such as Linux. The formal complaint requests that an operating system be sold unbundled from hardware and seeks a level playing field for software vendors in the Australian education space.

-Microsoft has a long history of bullying PC vendors who have dared to introduce alternatives to Microsoft on the desktop..., Zymaris said.

-However, having the ACCC ensure that the 'no operating system' option is made available is the only way to find out; vendors have always been too scared to act on their own against Microsoft. In areas where vendors do not pre-install a Microsoft operating system, for example the server market, Linux has gained around 30 percent of the market and it has led to an increasingly fierce and competitive battle, as should be the case. We want the same battle to occur on the desktop as this can only benefit customers through better products at lower prices.’

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